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2013 Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State accepts invitation

Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats accepted an invitation to participate in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, where they'll take on the Oregon Ducks.


It's official: the Kansas State Wildcats are headed to the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.

Kansas State accepted the bid to participate in the BCS bowl game on Sunday, just one day after claiming the Big 12 title after defeating the Texas Longhorns.

The Fiesta Bowl has traditionally been tied in with the Big 12 champions, and this season is no exception. The 2012 Fiesta Bowl featured Oklahoma State and Stanford, with Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys knocking off Andrew Luck and the Cardinals in overtime, 41-38.

The 2013 Fiesta Bowl marks the second time in Kansas State history that the Wildcats are playing in a BCS bowl. Kansas State's other appearance came in 2003, when the Wildcats lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl, 35-28.

Kansas State also appeared in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl, when the Wildcats knocked off the Syracuse Orange, 35-18.

The Wildcats have not won a bowl game since 2002, when they defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Holiday Bowl. Since then, Kansas State has lost the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, 2006 Texas Bowl, 2010 Pinstripe Bowl and 2011 Cotton Bowl.

Kickoff between Kansas State and Oregon is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT, on Jan. 3.